I received my UPPERCASE Compendium of Craft & Creativity this week! What an absolute delight. To top it off, as I was flipping through, admiring the gorgeous work of so many talented artists and crafters, I was pleasantly surprised to see my work featured in it! I seriously had no idea I had "made the cut" when I submitted my work months ago. What an absolute honor and treat to be included in this stellar publication.
Today I'm excited to share with you that the fabulous Monica Lee of Smart Creative Women interviewed me about my artistic journey, advice for artists, the licensing industry, and more! Great way to start your morning with a good podcast listening to girl chat, with your cup of coffee or tea!
Head on over to Smart Creative Women for a listen & we would love your feedback and comments under the post!
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Also, coming up next Wednesday, July 15th at 5:30pm (PST), Melissa & John, the powerhouse duo of Ideaologie will be interviewing me with the questions you submit! We would love your questions about art licensing, and need them by this Friday. I invite you to head on over to Tara Reed's website to submit your questions. You can also listen in to our interview LIVE that day, or listen to the audio afterwards. Find out more here.
In case you haven't heard, Tara Reed is moving on to some exciting new things and recently sold the teaching side of her business to Ideaologie. You can catch up on the news here: Tara Reed's ArtLicensingBlog & the fun Ideaologie Video. I'm very excited for both Tara & Ideaologie and can't wait to see what's next for them!
It's been a busy time as I've been working away getting ready for Surtex 2015! I'm so excited to attend this year and to meet with many of you!
This year I've been working on expanding my artistic style to include more traditional media such as watercolor, collage and hand-lettering. It's been exciting and therapeutic at the same time.
This will be my 5th year at Surtex, and this year I'll be attending and meeting with Licensee's and Manufacturer's in my agent, MHS Licensing's, booth #424.
If you are a Licensee or Manufacturer interested in viewing my portfolio of work, please contact MHS Licensing for an appointment soon, as they are filling up fast!
Friends, artists and exhibitors - I'll see you there!
These paintings are from the flora & fauna series I painted and showcased in my local downtown Seattle Anthropologie back in April of 2014.
I've teamed up with a local fine art company who has professionally scanned my work and prints gorgeous giclées for me. Their ability to capture every single brush stroke and nuance of color translates beautifully to the high quality giclée prints, which use archival inks and paper. Available in a variety of sizes for different budgets and frame sizes. When you purchase a giclée, it goes to support 2 small businesses (love!).
My paintings are also licensed by Oopsy Daisy for a wider variety of print options! Their gorgeous giclées offer a large white border around them, so you don't need to worry about getting a mat for your frame, and they also offer printed canvas options as well as framed options as well! Perfect if you want to purchase it ready to hang!
We each have something different to offer based on your wall art needs.
I invite you to head on over to my Etsy shop to check out my painted works as well as Oopsy Daisy's shop. To find and shop for other licensed products of mine, please visit the Shop page on my website.
Which painting is your fave?
Are there more items you'd like to see in my Etsy shop? I'd love to hear from you!
The Turkish and tile-like theme complimented by the range of blues is such a hot trend and perfect timing for Summer!
I absolutely enjoy creating an eclectic collection of patterns that can all work together for a unique and exquisite look!
Our "Anatolia" collection contains tabletop, mugs, napkins, place mats, table runners, curtains, pillows, and more!
If you own a store and are interested in placing a wholesale order, Split-P is having a "Mid-Year Dating Program" complete with special offers! Ordering is taking place now and ends on July 31, 2014.Shipping for these orders begins July 1st and ends September 15th. Be sure to stop by the Split-P showroom in Atlanta in July to see this collection in person!
If you are a manufacturer or Licensee - this is an excellent example of collaboration at it's finest! Please contact my agent MHS Licensing for inquiries on how we could work together!
I hope you enjoy this sea of blues and eclectic mix of patterns!
Surtex 2014 has come to an end and can I just tell you what a whirlwind this year was? Oh my goodness!!
I thought I'd share my 4th year with you as well as sprinkle in some tips for artists who either have exhibited or are planning on exhibiting in the future. One thing I learned - there are a LOT of you that silently read my blog and I want to say thank you!! (And say hello sometimes, k??! Ha ha)
Usually the busyness goes in this order: Monday, Sunday, with Tuesday being pretty dead. This year? Monday, Tuesday, with Sunday being the slowest day of the show. The floor seemed pretty sparse and there wasn't a lot of hustling and bustling down the isles like Surtex 2011 & 2012. However, the quality of attendees and the interest level and seriousness was definitely up!
There were a lot of new exhibitors this year and I must say, the booths looked really professional. You could tell that artists did their homework and really thought about how to present their work. Even the artists walking the show handled themselves really well. I think all of the online sharing, licensing coaching and classes are really helping educate artists and elevate this industry. Such a plus!
This was my 4th year exhibiting at Surtex and I think this was seriously my best year yet. For me, 3 years was not a charm, but 4 just might be. We'll see. For all of us in this business, you know that how the show goes, doesn't always determine how successful it will be in the end. I met some great contacts with big potential opportunities, and will just need to be persistent and see what comes through. Either way, it's good relationship building and wonderful to get on their radar!
My fingers are crossed for myself and all of the other exhibitors. May each of us match up with great Licensee's and opportunities to get more art into the world and make products just that much prettier!
This year in addition to having my own booth, my art was also being showcased at my agent's booth, MHS Licensing, just down the isle. Many artists stopped by to ask why I was exhibiting since my agent was exhibiting for me, so I thought I'd share that with you.
First off, I signed up for Surtex way back in August of 2013, and I couldn't get out of exhibiting at the show unless I wanted to lose the entire cost of my booth (it's in the contract). Yikes! And I just couldn't stomach that. Also, I just decided I wanted an agent and signed with one about 2 months ago.
But I must say that having my own booth there as well as my work being shown at my agent's booth was pretty much magic. I really enjoyed showcasing my artistic style and vision completely in my booth and I think it really helped Licensee's to see it all put together. Also, having worked in product development, I really enjoy the interaction with Licensee's and learning about their business directly. I enjoy hearing what works and what doesn't. What colors sell well and what their printing limitations are, as these things help make me a better designer.
Another question I was asked was if I would exhibit again next year. To be honest, I just don't know at this point. I mostly think I'll take a year off, but I'm not making any promises. We'll see!
So, last year I did the show by myself, and I thought I'd just do it myself again this year, but 1 week before Surtex, I decided to reach out to a dear friend of mine to see if she would, by chance, be up for helping me out in my booth. Strangely enough, her schedule was completely clear for those days and everything worked out great for her to come along. I seriously couldn't have made it through this year without her!
TIP #1: Bring a friend to help you in your booth! Seriously. Sure, you'll need to run to the bathroom, and your neighbors can watch your booth. Sure, you can bring snacks to eat at your booth. But, it's great to have that extra hand there to take notes for you when you're engaged in a conversation with a Licensee. It's helpful to have someone there to reach out to companies hovering behind Licensee's who are currently sitting at your booth. And, sometimes I think it's just a bit easier for people to approach you, in general, when there's someone there with you that you're casually chatting with. It's like the ice is already kind of broken at that point.
Regarding booth display, in previous years I've added some sort of 3D element - year 1 was paper pinwheels made out of my patterns. Year 2 was a collage of my art and photos of my licensed products on foam core for a dimensional display. Year 3 I shipped small tables and brought lots of my licensed products to display as well as hung large ornate frames on my walls and put in white flooring. And although it was lovely, I vowed to never ship that much to the show ever again. Never ever.
This year, year 4, I decided to skip all the madness and just focus on good, solid art printed on banners with a "World of Josephine Kimberling" focus, showcasing my artistic breadth.
TIP #2: Find a great company who can reproduce your art and colors really well for your booth walls. I use UPrinting and have for the past 2 years. They're awesome and I HIGHLY recommend them!
TIP #3: It's about your art AND how you present it. Don't just think about you - think about them. Think about what types of products you think your art would work best for, then showcase those designs. Regarding your display, figure out the right match for you and what works with your artistic and graphic design style. Just be careful to not have an amazing display with not so strong art or really strong art that's laid out in a way that makes it hard to see and that isn't captivating. Be original and unique, and display your work in a way that allows your strongest assets to stand out.
Having my friend Karin there to help allowed me to take time to say hello and visit with the artists who stopped by. And I must say that I am truly humbled by each and every one of you who stopped by and had such kind things to say. I seriously didn't even realize that I was inspiring anyone. I'm human just like you and have most likely gone through the same things you are going through now. I can't thank each of you enough for your kind words. The one that takes the cake is a girl who told me that I was one of the people who inspired her to quit her job and go out on her own. Yeah girl!!
We're all on this journey on different paths, together. Working to make the world a more beautiful place with our art.
So, that wraps up Surtex 2104! I'll be exhibiting next month at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas for my first time in booth #E-18 (again, signed up for it before I signed with an agent!), and will keep you posted on that show as well. If you're a Licensee, please stop by and say hello!
Well, it's that time of year again! Surtex is 9 days away and I am ready and excited to meet up with current Licensees, potential new ones, friends & artists.
It's such an amazing trade show, full of possibilities and creativity!
If you are a licensee or manufacturer, I'll be in corner booth #540 and I invite you to stop by.
You can also either schedule a meeting with my agent MHS Licensing or swing by their booth just down the isle from me at #522.
Visit my booth to meet me and be engulfed in my artistic style and visit MHS to talk business, for licensing inquiries and potential opportunities.
Both MHS and myself will also be exhibiting at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas in June. (More on that later!)
Here's a sneak peek at some of the new art I'll be unveiling at the show!
I'll also be showcasing 18 of my new paintings!
I'm excited to see you there!
For those of you not familiar with Surtex, it's where artists, designers, studios, agents and licensing firms sell and license art and design for a multitude of product end-uses: decorative fabrics, linens and domestics, contract textiles, wall coverings, floor coverings, apparel textiles, stationery, greeting cards, gift wrap and other paper products, tabletop, giftware, toys, ceramics, packaging and publishing.
It takes place in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center and runs Sunday, May 18th - Tuesday, May 20th.